Do you believe in second chances?
I used to try to power through books I wasn't enjoying, due to what I can now identify as sunk cost fallacy. 𝘐 𝘢𝘭𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘺 𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬/𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘶𝘱 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵, 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥! More recently, though, I've given myself permission to drop books/series part-way (or even right at the end of a series without seeing to the very end *coughACOWARcough*). If I'm not enjoying the experience, it kind of defeats the entire purpose of reading, right?
But I also wonder, if given another chance, could a book I previously DNF'ed end up more enjoyable if read at a different time, or if consumed through another medium?
These thoughts came about because I've wanted to give The Raven Boys another shot by physical/ebook copy before continuing the series (I finished it, but trudged through the audiobook... the narrator was not for me). Thinking of this again, thanks to seeing @emi1y_morgan's
stories of her reading TRB, I started considering this with books I've DNF'ed, too.
If I were to try this, I think I'd like to start with this series. I enjoyed Snow Like Ashes when I read it back in 2015; but when I tried Ice Like Fire by audiobook in 2018, I did it without a reread of the first book. As expected with more than 3 years in between the two reads, I'd forgotten a lot of details and felt very disconnected from the characters. I’d like to give it a second chance by physical read; however, also by starting over by giving the first book a reread! 😅
Have you ever tried a book in a different format and had a better reading/listening experience?
↠ 𝓠 𝓸 𝓽 𝓭: What book did you last DNF? Would you ever give it another try? If not, what book would you be willing to give a second chance?
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